A podcast by Clear Function.
Clear Function is a group of happy engineers based in Memphis, TN. We partner with visionaries to bring their ideas to life.
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On this episode, Ben, Mo, Daniel, and Jesse discuss the nature of doing development work that is not strictly writing code all the time. They try to find the appropriate balance between time spent coding and time spent in meetings. This topic includes some great tips on how to do meetings efficiently and effectively. There's even a rousing few minutes about what defines a meeting.
On this episode, Daniel, Jesse, and Ben discuss all the recent hype around your favorite voice assistant speakers. They talk through the reasons for current spikes in popularity of voice speakers such as Amazon Echo and Google Home. Most importantly, the engineers discuss how to develop for and take advantage of these new and exciting platforms.
On this episode, Daniel, Mo, Brian, and Ben discuss the necessary steps toward becoming a presenter at a tech conference. This includes selecting a conference, choosing a topic, crafting an abstract, mastering the topic, preparing a slide deck, and giving the presentation. Listen in for specific presentation tips and tricks!
On this episode, Daniel, Jesse, and Brian talk about research and development and its place in an agency. In addition to defining R&D, they discuss how to manage and spend research time well. This conversation also includes more on how to keep up with articles and technologies, which is expanded from a previous episode, namely "10: Should I Learn this New Technology?".
On this episode, Daniel, Jesse, and Mo embark on the final episode in our DevOps series. Specifically, the topic is scaling to handle additional load for a site in production. Do you handle the traffic by buying more servers or by growing existing servers?
On this episode, our very own chatbot expert, Daniel Pritchett, joins Mo and Ben to discuss chat as a service. While there is a lot of hype around chatbots recently, these engineers decode chat as a platform and engage in all kinds of fun along the way. Listen in to hear about the implicit increases in efficiency, knowledge sharing, and time savings that can come with chatbots. Also, look out for Daniel’s talk at Southeast Ruby in October and his upcoming book!
On this episode, Ben, Daniel, Jesse, and Mo discuss the cloud and application hosting. The conversation includes services such as Heroku, Azure, and Amazon Web Services (AWS). Listen in to hear about how developers make the decision to use platform as a service or infrastructure as a service to manage and host their applications.
On this episode, Ben, Jesse, Keith, and Mo discuss configuration management and continuous deployment. Using technologies like Docker and Ansible can identify and provide dependencies for applications. Learn how to fight for consistency across development and production environments with containers.
On this episode, Ben, Mo, Jesse, and Daniel cover continuous integration & delivery, monitoring, logging, and more. Do today’s developers all need to learn some DevOps? What are the tradeoffs in targeting platform as a service, infrastructure as a service, or the traditional ‘bare metal’ deployment?
On this episode, Jesse, Mo, Keith, and Brian discuss the balance between using a search engine and asking co-workers for help. When you have a tricky problem to solve, either of these tactics will include some significant trade offs. The team explains when and how to Google to be effective in programming.
On this episode, Ben, Jesse, and Daniel discuss pair programming. With the strategy of pairing comes significant benefits to productivity, code quality, rubber ducking, and knowledge sharing. Listen in for helpful tips about tooling and managing differing team strengths and energy levels.
On this episode, Jesse, Mo, Ben, and Daniel discuss the continuous improvement topic of tech conferences. They discuss how to choose a conference, the most helpful aspects of a conference, and how to attend conferences well. Perhaps most importantly, the group explains how to take full advantage of the conference by sharing knowledge with the whole team.
On this episode, Ben, Mo, Daniel, and Jesse discuss three important questions regarding the priority of testing when writing code. Could you change your code for tests? Would you change your code for tests? Should you change your code for tests? Listen in to hear about how testing is a first-order concern in writing good code.
On this episode, Ben, Daniel, Jesse, and Brian discuss software testing. From types of tests to tooling for testing, learn how tests can help you make better software in less time with reproducible, regression-preventing tests. And finally, the debate about test-driven development is rekindled again!
On this episode, Daniel, Mo, and Jesse debug all the problems. They address making and questioning assumptions as a programmer, how to debug different types of errors, and the best tooling in various operating systems. Listen in to hear about test journals, buddy debugging, rubber ducking, and much more!
On this episode, Daniel, Stephen, Ben, and Colin go beyond engineering practices to talk about another important part of the life of the developer. We call it leadership, but it involves all kinds of soft skills as well as individual ownership of practices, products, and projects. In large part, this episode reveals our "secret sauce" in team projects.
On this episode, Daniel, Brian, Stephen, and Ben discuss cultivating healthy work culture. Our work includes not only what we do, but also how we do it. For developers, this means work is not just writing code. How do we foster a positive work culture? Listen in to find out.
On this episode, Ben, Daniel, and Stephen discuss the important and often diverse tasks of supporting people using software products. The conversation includes getting feature requests, bug reports, and questions about how best to use the product. The team even dialogues over a specific, recent feature request from a customer via Twitter. Also, what role does empathy play in customer support? Listen in to learn how we manage priorities in a customer-first product business.
On this episode, Daniel, Jesse, Mo, and Brian discuss the importance of reviewing code. What are some good tools for the code review process? How early is too early to get feedback on your code? Listen in to here answers to these questions and more. And, we introduce the "It Depends" bell on this one!
On this episode, Daniel, Jesse, Brian, and Mo give some pro tips on how to handle large, existing codebases which may be very unfamiliar to a new developer. These four engineers speak from personal experience on projects where ground must be covered quickly. This episode is largely a response to a listener's question via Twitter! Thanks to Jimmy Turner for listening and writing in.
On this episode, Daniel, Jesse, Mo, and Ben discuss the importance of writing good code. Hear four engineers talk specifically and technically about this topic. The conversation includes the infamous "code smell" concept as well as many other things that go beyond the linter in writing code.
On this episode, Ben, Daniel, Jesse, and Mo discuss the tricky job of estimating work. Though the task can be difficult, it is absolutely essential to software engineering for the benefit of others. Listen to the group work through various elements of estimating from what is involved, how to do it, and what do to when you get it wrong.
On this episode, Daniel, Brian, and Keith discuss the nuances of starting out as a new programmer, particularly as an adult. They talk through different resources and strategies which will be helpful given various backgrounds. How do you get started programming? Which language should you start with and at what kind of company will you thrive? Do you have friends who ask you these questions and more? Listen in and find out!
On this episode, Daniel, Brian, Mo, and Jesse talk about building robust and supportable production systems. It's a timely topic near the holidays because some new issues can arise during year change. Listen in for some helpful pro tips and work smarter for your future self and colleagues.
On this episode, Ben, Mo, Daniel, and Jesse talk about what to expect when you're expecting to code. Listen in as they identify and discuss many of the essential, non-programming aspects of developer jobs. Topics include communication, source control, working with non-technical people, continual improvement, and more! If you are currently coding, wanting to code, or striving to be better at coding, this episode is for you.
On this episode, Ben, Daniel, and Jesse discuss the tooling necessary to write better code. They dig in to engineering best practices regarding code quality and build tools. Join them to find out how to equip your team!
On this episode, Daniel, Mo, and Brian discuss the when and how of learning new technologies. From programming languages to tooling, these engineers help you make the tough decisions about spending your precious time learning new things. Join them as they try to find the balance!
On this episode, Ben, Stephen, and Brian discuss scrum and agile project management methodologies. How can you run projects to get work done correctly and quickly? Listen in to find out why you should use scrum to run your projects!
On this episode, Ben, Colin, Stephen, and Daniel discuss their clients. Although they did not actually name names, they did talk specifically and seriously about what makes a good client for an agency. Who do developers and project managers like to work with? Listen in and find out!
On this episode, Daniel, Jesse, and Mo discuss open source software. What is it? How does it empower developers and engineering organizations? What can your business gain from leveraging and participating in the open source community? Additionally, they discuss some personal and professional experiences with open source.
On this episode, Daniel, Mo, Jesse, and Ben discuss impostor syndrome – the fear of not knowing enough and being discovered as a fraud in the field. We hope this episode will be an encouragement to technical folks everywhere who may have dealt with this at one time or another.
On this episode, Jesse and Daniel sit down with developer and athlete Brad Montgomery to discuss staying healthy to enable a rewarding career. They give specific examples of incorporating nutrition, exercise, and ergonomics into your routine.
On this episode, Stephen, Daniel, and Ben, talk about remote projects. Are there inherent pros and cons to doing remote work? What is the best way to overcome the challenges and take full advantage of the benefits?
On this episode, Colin sits down with our intern, Keith, to talk about technical internships and how to be successful as an intern.
On this episode, Stephen, Colin, and Mo discuss how they balance multiple projects, including several tools, strategies, and tips for getting things done.
On this episode, Daniel, Jesse, and Mo compare the benefits and challenges of using .NET or Rails for their projects and products.